Different Paths to Owning a Professional Sports Team

I’m a fairly competitive person so I love sports. The last week or so was big for football – both college and professional. With that in mind, I thought I would comment on CNN.com story, which partnered with Mental Floss, story about different owners of major sporting teams in the US. It is called How to be a billionaire sports team owner.

Although there is no script, there are a couple of loose rules

  1. Be Young
  2. Find a Neglected Market

Here are a few excerpts:

1. Rich DeVos, Orlando Magic (NBA)

In 1959, DeVos and high school friend Jay Van Andel started selling all-purpose cleaner. Their business grew to become Amway, which now brings in $6 billion each year under the ominous-sounding Alticor name.Whether you see Amway as an empowering direct sales company or a something resembling a cult, it sure was good to DeVos.Forbes estimates his wealth at $3.5 billion, making the paltry $85 million he spent on the Magic in 1991 a minor investment.

2. Robert L. Johnson, Charlotte Bobcats (NBA)

Lower on my list of dream jobs is running a cable network that caters to urban youth.So I’m all kinds of envious of Robert L., who founded BET and sold it to Viacom for $3 billion in 2001.His fortune was depleted by an expensive divorce, but Johnson’s estimated net worth is still $1.1 billion.His resume is full of firsts  BET was the first African-American owned company traded on the NYSE. He was the first African-American billionaire in the U.S. And, in 2002,
he became the first African-American majority owner of a professional
sports franchise.

5. Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys (NFL)

Jerry Jones
built an oil empire in the early 1970s, striking gas in the first
thirteen wells he drilled. His father had given him a head start; Pat
Jones sold the Modern Security Life Insurance Company for millions.An undersized guard, Jones was captain of the 1965 Cotton Bowl-winning Arkansas Razorbacks. Future Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson was a teammate, and Johnson’s successor, Barry Switzer, was a Razorbacks assistant. Jones bought the Cowboys for an estimated $140 million in 1989. He immediately made waves by firing Tom Landry — the only coach in
Cowboys history — and replacing him with his college buddy (the
aforementioned Jimmy Johnson, who was coaching the University of Miami).After a rocky 1-15 start in 1989, the Cowboys went on to win three Super Bowls in the 1990s. Mental Floss: A brief history of stadium naming rights

8. Daniel Gilbert, Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)

With
$5,000 he’d earned delivering pizzas — and after a stint as a TV
reporter — the future Cavs owner started a small mortgage company
called Rock Financial in 1985. In 1999, the company was bought by Intuit for $532 million. Three years later, Gilbert bought it back for $64 mil, renaming the company Quicken Loans. He purchased the Cavaliers for $375 mil in 2005. He also owns Fathead, which makes wall decals and tiresome ads. On the side, Gilbert is working to beat Michigan’s steroid-free bench-pressing record.

9. Stephen Bisciotti, Baltimore Ravens (NFL)

At 48, Stephen Bisciotti is one of the NFL’s youngest owners. He made his money in staffing — specifically, finding talented engineers for the aerospace industry. With Jim Davis, Bisciotti founded Aerotek in 1983 (he was 23). Their staffing company, now known as the Allegis Group, had revenues of $4.4 billion in 2005. Bisciotti bought 49 percent of the Ravens in 2000, and purchased the rest from Art Modell in 2004.

December 2008 Jobs Report and Wages

Here are the job market and compensation numbers for November 2008 (based on the job report):

Net
loss of 524,000 jobs in the month
(revised on 3/6/09 to a loss of 681,000 jobs, revised to a final loss of 673,000))

  • 1.9 Million jobs lost over the last four months
  • Most jobs lost in a year since 1945
    • The population of the US was much smaller in 1945 so the percentage is actually much lower now
  • Analysts expected a loss of 525,000
  • Twelve straight months of job losses
    • 2.6 million jobs lost in 2008
  • November was revised to loss of 584,000 jobs (revised to a final loss of 728,000)
  • October revised to a loss of 423,000 jobs (revised to a final loss of 554,000)
  • Since the recession started in December of ’07 the economy has lost 2.5 million jobs. The most since 2.7 were lost in 1981-1982

Unemployment rate rose to 7.2%

  • Underemployment is now at 13.5%
    • From 12.6% last month (an increase of 0.9% in one month!)
    • This includes part timers who want full time jobs


Specific Segment Job numbers:

  • Manufacturing lost 149,000 jobs
  • Construction lost 101,000 jobs
    • Construction unemployment is 15.3%, highest of any group
    • Infrastructure projects would help with this situation as proposed by President-Elect Obama
  • Retailers lost 66,600
  • Professional and Business Services loss 113,000 jobs
    • This includes 14,000 for the financial services industry
  • Government sector added 7,000
  • Education and Health Services grew by 45,000 jobs
  • Mining lost 1,000 jobs (had been growing all year)
  • Leisure and Hospitality loss 22,000 jobs

Wage:

  • The average weekly paycheck is $611.05
    • A drop of $2
  • The average hourly work week shrank to 33.3
    • Lowest it has ever been recorded

Notes:

  • This is in line with my predictions. The next two months are vital. If they come in at say 250,000 for January and 175,000 for February then 2009 will not be a lost year. If they don’t decline from the 500,000 range then this will get real bad.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Report Stats Summary
Graphics of the Job Market – December 6th, 2008

Using the term “Talent”

I’m sure everyone has been in this situation before. The situation where everyone in the room is using some term and you have an idea what it means but everyone in the room is saying it with a sense of emphasis that it makes you doubt your own understanding what they are talking about.

That is the case for last couple of years for the term “Talent.”

There are still people I consider “Talent” in many corporations but it seems like the term is getting watered down. Now it is anyone that can do the job capably. And without these types the company would not sustain. But I want “Talent” to mean game changers. The type of people who can do something no one else can do. Someone who not only has a vision for the future, but the guts to get make it happen.

Most often these are your entrepreneurs and they aren’t usually in the “Talent” pool, but occasionally they are.Technology businesses tend to exaggerate the number of these workers they have, but they do have them – Google and Cisco are two examples. They have a brand and culture that attracts them.

“Talent” in a positive job market pretty much refers to everyone, but “Talent” in a poor market is something more rare.

On the Cusp?

We are the cusp of something very important.

The media is starting to write more positive economic stories and less doom and gloom. I don’t have any facts to back this up except for general observation, but I stand by this statement. For instance, over the weekend I saw two stories about how 2009 might be better than you think and three stories about innovation, intellectual property, and a growing post Katrina New Orleans. This is in addition to the numerous headlines that read along the lines of “Spending Less in 2009” “Credit Card Companies are willing to work with those in debt” and “Investment Opportunities are Many.” If media companies aren’t writing doom and gloom stories then it means the US readership isn’t interested in them anymore. Just like sales of peanut butter and pasta foretell an oncoming recession, positive news stories precede an economic recovery.

The mental recession is over. The worst is in the past.

Not so fast… the Jobs Report on Friday could push everything back into the quicksand. But I don’t expect it to. I expect the number to come in around 500,000 jobs lost (still a huge number) and the revised number for November to be closer to 600,000. What is important is a plateau. The losses need to stop accelerating and start to turn the other way. Once people start to feel good about their situation they will generate efficiencies and innovative solutions. Couple that with the stimulus package and the US will be well on its way back to positive GDP. As I’ve said before, I believe the US can shift from upsizing to downsizing and back very quickly.

Anyway, here is a summary of the stories I ran across that I got a kick out of:

Some Forecasters See a Fast Economic Recovery
by Louis Uchitelle

There is a psychological factor that Robert Shiller, a Yale economist, hopes will come into play.

“If
we have massive infrastructure spending and people feel that it is
working, it could create a sense that we are O.K. and people will go
back to normal,” he said. “The real problem is that we are on hold.
Everyone is.”

The expectation of most forecasters, several
report, is that most of the Obama administration’s stimulus will go for
public works projects and tax cuts.

With this sort of stimulus,
the gross domestic product, the chief measure of the nation’s output,
should begin to rise — if not in the third quarter, then certainly in
the fourth, the forecasters say, and the unemployment rate will finally
peak at 8 to 9 percent by early next year.

“The job insecurity is
very serious; that is the worst aspect of all this,” said Albert
Wojnilower, a consulting forecaster at Craig Drill Capital. “But most
upturns in the economy have begun with upturns in consumption, when
people who still have jobs stop worrying about losing them.”

2009 Could Be Better Than You Think by Alan Murray

I have no crystal ball. But a sense of history, some basic
economics, common sense and just a dash of congenital optimism leave me
convinced that this one won’t be all bad.

Oh, sure, there will be layoffs like we haven’t seen since the Great
Depression. And you can expect to see a proliferation of empty
storefronts and a heap of broken businesses.

But why focus on the negative? Here are five good reasons why 2009
could, if you make the most of it, be good for your financial health.

1 This will be a good year to invest in stocks.

No one can tell you exactly when or where the market will bottom.
But most business-cycle experts agree that the bottom will be found
sometime this year, and that it probably won’t be too far below where
the market is today.

So a smart strategy will be to put some money in the market today,
and keep doing it over the course of the year. If you’re still shaken
over massive losses from last year, this may be hard advice to swallow.
But the biggest mistake you can make as an investor is to ride the
market down, lose faith, pull out and miss the upturn.

Even in the Great Depression, the market bottomed out in 1932, with
the Dow Jones Industrial Average at 41, down from a peak of 381 in
1929. By 1937, it had climbed back to a respectable 194. That didn’t
make investors whole. But for those who stayed in, it certainly soothed
the wounds.

2 It will be a good year to invest in real estate.

3 Americans will learn to live within their means.

4 President Obama will have a historic opportunity to reshape public policy.

Speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO conference in November,
Mr. Obama’s chief-of-staff-designate, Rahm Emanuel, said the words that
have become his team’s rallying cry for 2009: “You never want a serious
crisis to go to waste. This crisis provides the opportunity for us to
do things that you could not do before.”

The Obama team is busily preparing a stimulus package that, when all
is said and done, will total between $750 billion and $1 trillion —
far larger than any fiscal stimulus in the history of the world. And
with the economy still sliding downward, it’s a good bet few
politicians will want to stand in the way.

That will give the new president an opportunity to do things his
predecessors could only dream about. Roads will be rebuilt, schools
will be refurbished, medical records will be computerized, and
windmills will be constructed, all across the land.

Will some of that money be wasted? Of course. But the sums involved
are so huge that there’s a good chance someone, somewhere, will benefit.

5 Your (federal) taxes won’t rise.

This, too, is unsustainable. A reckoning will come. But that’s a problem for 2010 and beyond.

In the meantime, enjoy the new year!

Dreamers and Doers by John Schwartz

“Any school can teach entrepreneurship,” he says, “but at Babson, we live entrepreneurship.”

Now,
let’s not get carried away: as a reporter and as a parent, I find
myself on plenty of college campuses these days, and many of the
students I meet are indistinguishable from the dull-eyed slackers I
went to college with (when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and Pluto was
still a planet). But then there are those who have this . . . THING,
this go-getting excitement to start something, make something. They
want money, sure. But the overwhelming desire seems to be to carve out
something of their own.

Today’s students have grown up hearing
more about Bill Gates than F.D.R., and they live in a world where
startling innovations are commonplace. The current crop of
18-year-olds, after all, were 8 when Google was ­founded by two
students at Stanford; Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004 while he
was at Harvard and they were entering high school. Having “grown up
digital” (to borrow the title of Don Tapscott’s recent book on the Net
Generation), they are impatient to get on with life.

“They’re great collaborators, with friends, online, at work,” Mr. Tapscott wrote. “They thrive on speed. They love to innovate.”

Innovation Should Mean More Jobs, Not Less by Janet Rae-Dupree

The problem, as they see it, is a centuries-old misconception that
innovation is synonymous with automation, which in turn leads to the
elimination of jobs.

“If you invest in a technology that makes
something more efficient, the fear is that people will be put out of
work,” says Kevin Efrusy, the venture capitalist whose firm Accel
Partners is the lead funder of several important Silicon Valley
start-ups, including Facebook.
“But it’s just the opposite. When anything becomes cheaper, we consume
a lot more of it. The overall economic effect is, you create and expand
entire new industries and employment goes up.”

“Innovation is the lifeblood of the American economy,” says Jim Hock, a
spokesman for TechNet. “We’re only as good as our next innovation.
TechNet believes we shouldn’t be picking and choosing technologies to
back with a tax credit. We should be technology-neutral and create an
atmosphere of innovation that will let a thousand flowers bloom.”

“America is probably the best culture in the world at failing,” he
said. “We’re willing to navigate in a fog and keep moving forward. Our
competitive advantage tends to be at the fuzzy front end of things when
you’re still finding your way. Once the way has been found, we’re back
at a disadvantage. So, yes, investing in innovation is critical.”

Still Waiting For the Recession in New Orleans by Steven Gray

What’s more, the region’s (New Orleans) housing market remains relatively robust,
mainly because post-Katrina demand for suitable housing remains strong
and local banks haven’t engaged in the sort of risky mortgages that
have caused problems elsewhere in the country.

Researchers predict the region’s economic recovery will last at
least seven years — far beyond the expected end of the national
recession sometime in 2010. Even so, there will be some downward pull
from the U.S. economic slump. In 2009, for instance, they expect some
8,000 jobs to be added here, a figure that will drop to 6,500 jobs in
2010. “While the rest of the United States is in a deeper recession
than anyone expected, we’re certainly in a better place — we are an
economy that’s still looking for workers,” says Janet Speyrer,
associate dean for research at the University of New Orleans and an
author of the report.

That optimism, however, feels as fragile and uneven as this region’s recovery. Huge swaths of the city, particularly the Lower Ninth Ward,
New Orleans East and the city’s heart, appear as they did in the months
immediately following Katrina: there are scores of vacant homes,
potential magnets for crime.

Special Skills are Needed to Create A Unique Business Case

I like to think I have a business oriented mind. Unique or original business models are exciting to me. I’m a dork like that. But I marvel mostly at someone’s ability to put A together with B and get C, D, and E. This synthesis of ideas in the marketplace separates those that strike out and those that become very wealthy. And I use the term wealth to mean more than rich. For instance, one of my favorite business models is the one established by donorschoose.org. This is a charity aimed at funding specific school projects for children. Each project tends to be less than $1000 with most around $500 or less. What is different is that it specifies what this exact donation is accomplishing from a learning perspective. The teacher notifies the donor, often with pictures of joyful kids, of what transpired after the donation was put to use. This reinforces the good will of the relationship. Plus the donor knows what came of that check they wrote. It makes it real.

So this brings me to another business model I love. ARM, a UK based designer of computer chips, understands what it’s core business is – chip architecture and design. The personnel within ARM are super skilled in how computer chips function and can customize the design of chips to fit particular needs. The ability to manufacture the chip with its correlating device is the core business of another company i.e. Qualcomm, Nvidia, and Nokia. Here is an excerpt from a Fortune.com article called Giving Intel and AMD a run for their money by Jon Fortt:

Unlike Intel (INTC, Fortune 500),
which designs and manufactures its chips and sells them to customers,
ARM just sells chip blueprints, and lets customers like Qualcomm and
Samsung build the actual chips on their own. ARM makes less money than
Intel by selling ideas instead of products, but it also carries lower
costs.

Because it sells only designs, ARM doesn’t have to worry
about building its own multi-billion-dollar factories or deploying an
army of marketing specialists to keep those factories busy. So even
though its annual sales are so much lower than Intel’s, ARM still
retains a healthy 32% profit margin — and the flexibility that comes
from its lean structure.

This reminds me so much of Dan Pink’s book A Whole New Mind. In it he talks about how routine work will not be the opportunity of the future. In this case it is the manufacturing of the chips. He writes about six essential senses: design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning. Each of these are skills that can’t be installed in a manufacturing process i.e. chip architecture design.

I wish I could just generate and license business models like ARM does with chip designs

Thank You to Those that Inspired Me in 2008

At the end of 2007 I ran a post that recapped all of the writers that inspired me during my first year of blogging. That post is unoriginally titled Thank You to Those that Inspired me in 2007.

I’m doing that again for 2008. Same title… almost.

Here are some notables and stats for 2008:

  • I have 140 references to other people’s work in my blog
  • There are 121 different writers cited

A couple are sentimental:

Here are a few favorites:

  Last name First Name Their Story Working Thoughts
1 Balderrama Anthony Generation
Y: Too demanding at work?
1/2/2008
2 Rae-Dupree Janet Innovative
Minds Don’t Think Alike.
1/3/2008
3     Eureka!
It Really Takes Years of Hard Work
2/12/2008
4     Can
You Become a Creature of New Habits?
5/5/2008
5     For
Innovators, There Is Brainpower in Numbers 
12/10/2008
6 Zelenka Anne Try
Searching instead of Planning for Career Success.
1/11/2008
7 Krauss Clifford Chinese
and US Demand Drives Commodities Surge 
1/15/2008
8 Colvin Geoff AmEx
gets CEO pay right.
1/16/2008
9     Brains
vs. Brawn
9/23/2008
10 Gunderloy Mike   1/17/2008
11 King Jr Martin Luther I Have a Dream 1/21/2008
12 Herbert Bob Good
Jobs Are Where the Money Is
1/22/2008
13 Surowieki James Tata Motors 1/23/2008
14     The
Free-Trade Paradox
5/20/2008
15     Oily
Speculations
6/30/2008
16     The
Trust Crunch
10/17/2008
17     Greasing
the Slide
10/29/2008
18 Carey Benedict Feel
Like a Fraud? At Times, Maybe You Should
2/7/2008
19     Anticipating
the Future to ‘See’ the Present
6/10/2008
20 Reich Robert Totally
Spent
2/13/2008
21     Saved
By the Deficit?
10/9/2008
22 Heath Dan Made to Stick  2/15/2008
23 Heath Chip Made to Stick  2/15/2008
24 Hall Kevin G Low Jobless Rate
Masks Problems
2/19/2008
25 Cookson Clive Poverty
Mars the Formation of Infants Brains
2/19/2008
26 Case John When
Salaries aren’t Secret
2/21/2008
27 Luhby Tami Pain
in the Pocketbook
2/27/2008
28     Middle
Class: “On the Edge” 
7/23/2008
29 Holt Jim Numbers
Guy
2/28/2008
30 Henriques Diana Unlike
Consumers, Companies are Piling Up Cash
3/4/2008
31 Finder Alan Math
Suggests College Frenzy Will Soon Ease
3/10/2008
32 Cloud John The Science
of Experience
3/11/2008
33 Zimmer Carl Hyneas
– Social and Smart
3/13/2008
34 Takeuchi Cullen Lisa Work In Progress 3/30/2008
35 Hu  Winnie In
a New Generation of College Students, Many Opt for the Life Examined 
4/5/2008
36 Roque Celine Plotting
Your Career When You’ve Jumped Off the Corporate Ladder on Friday
4/6/2008
37 Angier Natalie Blind
to Change, Even as It Stares Us in the Face 
4/13/2008
38 Aamodt Sandra Tighten
Your Belt, Strengthen Your Mind
4/14/2008
39 Wang Sam Tighten
Your Belt, Strengthen Your Mind
4/14/2008
40 Spiers Elizabeth The
Great Inflation Cover-Up
4/15/2008
41 Pink Dan The
Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need
4/17/2008
42     What Kind of
Genius are You?
6/2/2008
43 Zachary Pascal G. How
Scientific Gains Abroad Pay Off in the U.S.
4/20/2008
44 Nocera Joe Seeing
the Sights of Industrial China: 2 Factories, 2 Futures
4/29/2008
45     China
Tries to Solve Its Brand X Blues
4/29/2008
46     Horatio
Alger Multiplied by 1.3 Billion
4/29/2008
47       7/13/2008
48 Saner Emine Is
brain training really the best way to boost your IQ,?
4/30/2008
49 Bakalar Nicholas Memory
Training Shown to Turn Up Brainpower
4/30/2008
50 Brooks David The
Cognitive Age 
5/2/2008
51     Harmony
and the Dream
8/12/2008
52 Fisher Anne   5/8/2008
53     Don’t
sabotage your job hunt: 6 tips
9/16/2008
54     Be
a Better Networker
11/10/2008
55 Jerome Marty Get Used to It
— Sky-High Oil Prices Are Here to Stay
5/14/2008
56 Bernstein Jared Wages
fall behind inflation for seventh month
5/15/2008
57     How
Much More Can Consumers Be Squeezed by Stagnant Income, Skyrocketing
Household Costs, and Falling Home Prices?
7/23/2008
60 Pickert Kate Does
Power Corrupt? Absolutely Not
5/21/2008
61 McFarland Keith Myth
of the Fearless Entrepreneur 
5/23/2008
62 Brown Tim Design
Thinking
5/25/2008
63 Hargreaves Steve Is
$130 oil a bubble?
5/27/2008
64 Alboher Marci Hot
Ticket in B-School: Bringing Life Values to Corporate Ethics
5/29/2008
65     Taking
the Social Networking Plunge
10/13/2008
66     people
who are retiring would do as an encore
6/20/2008
67 Gladwell Malcolm In
the Air
6/2/2008
68     The
Uses of Adversity: Can Underprivileged outsiders have an advantage?
11/19/2008
69 Markoff John Nature
Gave Him a Blueprint, but Not Overnight Success 
6/7/2008
70 Wade Nicholas Brainpower
May Lie in Complexity of Synapses
6/10/2008
71 Beck Melinda Take a new tack to
sharpen your brain
6/10/2008
72 Lieber Ron A
Primer for Young People Starting Their First Job.  
6/16/2008
73 Lohr Steve Most
Doctors Aren’t Using Electronic Health Records
6/18/2008
74 Hart Gary America’s
Next Chapter
6/28/2008
75 Gross Daniel What
the Green Bubble Will Leave Behind
6/30/2008
76 Friedman Thomas Anxious
in America 
6/30/2008
77     Eight
Strikes and You’re Out.
8/26/2008
78     If
Larry and Sergey Asked for a Loan …
10/27/2008
79 Gawande Atul The Itch 7/1/2008
80 Bowers Brent Early
Retirees in New Ventures, Mostly for Fun
7/7/2008
81 Gimbel Barney The
New New World Order
7/14/2008
82 Fox Justin The Curious Capitalist 7/17/2008
83     The
Economy Really is Fundamentally Strong
10/17/2008
84 Duhigg Charles Warning:
Habits May Be Good for You
7/22/2008
85 Kreutzer David The Impact of
Higher Gasoline Prices on Household Costs and Income
7/23/2008
86 McGeehan Patrick Wall
St. Bonuses Could Fall by $10 Billion, Affecting City and State
7/25/2008
87 Pausch Randy Last
Lecture
7/29/2008
88 Rohter Larry Shipping
Costs Start to Crimp Globalization
8/4/2008
89 Mouawad Jad Home
Energy Prices are expected to Soar
8/6/2008
90 Bradsher Keith Booming
China Suddenly Worries That a Slowdown Is Taking Hold
8/6/2008
91 Timmons Heather Cost-Cutting
in New York, but a Boom in India 
8/13/2008
92 Maltby Emily Small-business
owners’ outlook bleak
8/15/2008
93     Small
businesses hire as big companies cut 
9/16/2008
94 Rooney Ben Dreading
winter’s bitter bill
8/16/2008
95     Winter
heat crisis looms, little relief seen
9/2/2008
96 Barr Colin This
time, wage slaves can’t revolt
8/18/2008
97 Powell Bill Not-So-Great
Expectations
8/20/2008
98 Styles Geoffrey Pay-Go
for Renewable Energy Credits
8/26/2008
99 Reitze Jr Arnold Loaded Legislation 8/26/2008
100 Woody Todd From
rustbelt to greenbelt 
8/27/2008
101 Kirkpatrick Christopher Never Mind
the Economy Job Satisfaction’s Up
9/4/2008
102 Morgenson Gretchen If
the Pay Fix Is in, Good Luck Finding It 
9/9/2008
103 Ortutay Barbara Tech
Firms Fare Better Than Most in Jobs Slump
9/10/2008
104 Kristof Nicholas Need
a Job? $17,000 an Hour. No Success Required
9/18/2008
105 Martin  Patricia Rengen:
The Rise of the Cultural Consumer – and What it Means to your Business
9/25/2008
106 Berlin Leslie We’ll
Fill This Space, but First a Nap 
9/29/2008
107 Cain Miller Claire StarVest
Partners: It’s All About Data
10/1/2008
108     Credit
Crisis Spreads a Pall Over Silicon Valley
10/2/2008
109 Montalbano Elizabeth Bezos,
Benioff back health-care Web 2.0 startup
10/1/2008
110 Tugend Alina When
Job Hunting, Be Your Own Salesman
10/13/2008
111 Paumgarten Nick Freeze! 10/16/2008
112 Buffett Warren Buy
American. I am.
10/17/2008
113 Coll Steve Wall
Street and the Real Economy
10/17/2008
114 Hutchinson Martin Big Hole 10/17/2008
115 Norris Floyd First
Birthday for the Recession
10/20/2008
116 Sahadi Jeanne Here
comes stimulus – question is how
10/21/2008
117 Weddle Peter The Rise of
the Privileged Worker
10/23/2008
118 Krugman Paul Paul Krugman  10/26/2008
119 Smick David The
World is Curved: Hidden Dangers of the Global Economy
10/27/2008
120 Goulet Tag 10
Reasons You aren’t Getting Promoted 
10/28/2008
121 Goulet Catherine 10
Reasons You aren’t Getting Promoted 
10/28/2008
122 Brown Paul How
to Avoid Becoming a Failure Statistic
10/31/2008
123 Meece Mickey Inspiration
Can Be Found in Many Places, but You Need to Be Looking
10/31/2008
124 Belson Ken A
Happier Ending for One Oil Heat Customer
11/1/2008
125 Hawn Carleen Paul
Polak: 15 Rules for Business Success in Any Market
11/2/2008
126 Albrecht Chris UGC
+ Golf Tips = MyTourSwing.com
11/2/2008
127 Merritt Jennifer How
to Build a Job Network
11/10/2008
128 Bogner Norm 4Refuel 11/14/2008
129 Cohan William Our
Risk, Wall Street’s Reward 
11/17/2008
130 Reingold Jennifer Meet
Your New Leader 
11/17/2008
131     10
New Gurus You Should Know  
11/19/2008
132 Merrill Curt How to
launch a tech company in one weekend 
11/24/2008
133 Holland Kelley Why
Should Recession Stop the Recruiters?,
11/25/2008
134 Trunk Penelope Reason
to give thanks: There is no job shortage for young people
11/29/2008
135 Caplan Jeremy The
$100,000 Job Search: How the High-End Unemployed Cope
11/30/2008
136 Zernike Kate Never
Let Them See You Sweat 
12/2/2008
137 Lewin Tamar College
May Become Unaffordable for Most in the US
12/4/2008
138 Sellers Patricia How
to thrive in turbulent times
12/11/2008
139 O’Brien Jeffrey M. investing
heavily in data and information capabilities
12/11/2008
140 Kimes Mina Cisco
Systems layers it on
12/11/2008
141 Zupek Rachel Make
the Most of Being Jobless
12/15/2008
142 Hira Nadira Yers
won’t settle
12/17/2008
143 Leonhardt David Finding
Good News in Falling Prices
12/18/2008
144 Karydakis Anthony Deflation
is an empty threat (so far) 
12/18/2008
145 Carnoy David Self-publishing
a book: 25 things you need to know 
12/19/2008
146 Hurt III Harry Generation
With More Than Hand-Eye Coordination
12/23/2008
147 Tapscott Don Grown
Up Digital
12/23/2008
148 Erwin Patrick Experts:
Goof off at work, read a book, ignore e-mail 
12/28/2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year Everyone!

2008 was very successful for this blog. We all learn more in a crises and this blog is a reflection of that. I’m looking forward to a 2009 which offers so many opportunities to continue learning and discussing the job market and economic environment.